By Rob Hamilton
Highland will not advance to their second straight Final Four in volleyball, after falling in the district finals to Granville Saturday.
After making it to the state semifinals in Division III last year, Highland was edged in a Division II bout at Licking Heights. After losing the first set 23-25, the Scots rebounded with wins of 25-22 and 25-21. However, they couldn’t finish off the match, dropping the fourth by a 25-19 margin and getting edged 15-12 in the decisive fifth set.
The coaches recognized seniors Bailey Santo, Parker Steck and Krista Walters for their contributions over their time with the team, noting the varsity was 98-10, including 56-0 in the MOAC and KMAC while they were in the program — numbers that include four league championships, three district finals, two district championships, a regional championship and a Final Four appearance.
Northmor’s season ended with a Division III district final to Pleasant Saturday at Buckeye Valley in four sets by scores of 17-25, 27-25, 17-25 and 21-25. The Knights finish with a 20-5 record.
In the contest, the final outing for seniors Jordyn Zoll, Caitlin Thebeault, Hope Miracle, Kelsie Fike and Cristianna Boggs, Zoll finished with 23 assists, while Thebeault added nine. Miracle tallied six blocks and five kills, Anna Donner had 12 digs, four blocks and nine kills and Leslie Brubaker finished with nine kills and six blocks.
Also, Fike had five kills and both Boggs and Aly Blunk added 11 digs.
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